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Shilpa Monga and Lourdes Uy join Harrington

CHARLTON– Shilpa Monga and Lourdes Uy have joined Harrington Physician Services at a new women’s health clinic at 61 N. Main Street in Charlton.

Dr. Monga, who is originally from India, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She comes to Harrington from Riverbend Medical Group in Chicopee, Mass., where she has worked for the past four years. She graduated with her Doctorate from the University of Delhi in India.... Read More

Reflections on The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving

By Ginger Costen

In June when I was asked to write a Thanksgiving story for the November edition, I immediately thought about the previous articles that I’d written that were from a global perspective, a historical view and even the traditional foods we eat on Turkey Day. So when our editor suggested that I look at it from a different perspective and talk with local author and Nipmuck Indian, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, I cou... Read More

The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving

By Ginger Costen

It’s November and if you’re an American, you know it’s time for football and Thanksgiving celebrations. If you live in Massachusetts, you can go even further and reflect on being the home of both The New England Patriots and the first Thanksgiving. Although we know we’re the home of the best football team in the NFL, did Massachusetts really have the first Thanksgiving?

While the event that most Ame... Read More

Smalls stand tall for the holidays

By Rod Lee

Do not think for a minute that Kevin and Joanne Chester of The Gift Gallery on South Main St. (Rt. 12) in Webster are quaking in their boots at the prospect of going up against “the bigs” this holiday shopping season.

Nor are other “smalls” situated along the Rt. 12 South corridor—the Booklovers’ Gourmet on East Main St. in Webster and the Dudley Do Right Flea Market in Dudley, for instance--dismayed by t... Read More

Business and Home Show success

By Janet Stoica

Webster – You could say that the paving project around the Webster Town Hall paved the way for the very successful 4th Annual Webster/Dudley/Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Home Show, which was held on October 21.  The roads were smooth and the parking lot was in great shape to hold the multitude of visitors who made their way to the show’s exhibits. 

The... Read More

Reptile store to mark first anniversary

By Janet Stoica

As I stood next to Lucy, the 17-foot python, I immediately thought of my co-worker Carol’s words to me when I was assigned this story and expressed second thoughts about entering a reptilian pet store.  “Oh, come on, Janet, it’s no big deal.”  Well, it certainly was a big deal and my senses were on high alert as I peered into the ivory Burmese python’s living quarters and saw it staring back at me.... Read More

Diana’s Pool

By Thomas D’Agostino

The Natchaug River boasts beautiful scenery and natural wonders as it flows along its 17.9-mile stretch through Windham and Tolland Counties in eastern Connecticut. There are many areas to hike, swim, or picnic along the river but one particular area is steeped in legend and haunts. This area is known as Diana’s Pool in the town of Chaplin.

The pool is 15 feet deep in places and resembles a smal... Read More

Massachusetts and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Medical professionals, law enforcement and politicians are scrambling to address what has been called an “opioid overdose epidemic” in Massachusetts.  Deaths related to the misuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are on the rise.  In 2012 we saw 668 documented cases of opioid-related overdose deaths.  Last year the number was 1089.  And according to some early re... Read More

It’s the Tom Brady Effect-- and Circuit Barn is ready for you

By Janet Stoica

NORTH OXFORD – Sometime in early September the television sets in New England undergo a miraculous cleaning.  They are arranged in their best viewing positions, dusted with cans of air or soft cloths sprayed with electronic cleaning chemicals, smudges are wiped away, and remote controls are at the ready.

Man caves and lady caves and kid caves are vacuumed and mopped, chairs are brought in and relocat... Read More

Free dementia program

St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center announces a free dementia educational presentation in honor of National Family Caregiver Month in November.   Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s.   Julie McMurray from the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Effective Communication Strategies ” on Thursday evening,  November 19 from 6:00pmto 7:30pm at the St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center campus... Read More